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Topic: Re: How to set values of form fields in PDF
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57404
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:25 PM

At 6:14 AM -0400 7/27/00, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>Thanks, aandi. But as far as I know, FDF toolkit can only create FDF
>files which is in flat-text format.

That is correct.

>So, I have to find some APIs with which I can set values of fields
>in a PDF file, or merge data of FDF into PDF to get ONE PDF file.

Yup, either use an existing tool or write your own...

>I found Adobe PDF Library and AcroForm APIs may help, but not sure yet.

IF Adobe were still licensing their PDFLibrary, and you could
afford it, then this would indeed work just fine. However, Adobe'
library is not being licensed at this time - see

If you wish to use those same API's, then you'll want to
check out SPDF from Digital Applications ().
SPDF is a C/C++ library that is Adobe PDFLibrary-compatible (ie. same
API's) available for Mac OS, Windows, Unix and even the IBM 390!

If you are on Windows, and prefer to use COM/ActiveX then
check out ActivePDF's PDFToolkit ().

>Is it possible to do so? I don't have the PDF Library dev kit
>currently to have any tries. I have no example codes either. Could
>some experts give me some advice?
You'll accomplish your task a LOT quicker using an existing
tool like FDFMerge from Digital Applications
(), but if you feel the need to reinvent the
wheel, the above tools should point you in the right direction.

Leonard Rosenthol
Sr. Software Engineer (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Digital Applications (215) 440-0504 (fax)

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